CROSSROADS—the Memoirs of a Palace Peasant—is presented as a historical novel. It flows on from the basically true story of Manaen “who grew up with Herod”, as stated in Acts 13:1 where he is introduced as being one of the leaders of the Community of Faith in Antioch, Syria. It was at Antioch that the Community of Faith first owned the name Christian.
In this book, Manaen records his experiences—and those of Maryam, half-sister to Herod Antipas—from early childhood and through his teenage years as a student at the Temple’s Rabbinic School in Jerusalem. He becomes a scribe assigned to observe and report on “The Nazarene”. Manaen tells his story as a “novel” way of presenting The Gospel—and comes to faith at Calvary! Rome’s influence is acknowledged throughout this historical narrative.
In escaping from Herod’s fury in Jerusalem, Manaen and Maryam, now his wife, arrive in Antioch and become involved in the ministries of the Community of Faith, with Manaen taking the role of Headmaster of the newly formed Christian Academy.
Manaen’s beloved writing kit becomes a means of presenting a unique account of the formation of the New Testament as he requests the testimonies and records of his friends Luke, John and Paul for example.
The theological component—including the illustrated “Picture Parables” first revealed in Ancient Hebrew, Grief Counselling, the Scope of Prayer, of Love, Paul’s letters, and John’s unique input, for example—provides Biblical students with sound Scriptural input.
Throughout his memoirs, Manaen adds valuable insights into the lives of such intriguing characters as Nicodemus, Saul/Paul, Barnabas, Mark, John, Peter, Dr Luke, Onesimus, Lydia, and also Felix, Festus, Agrippa and Nero.